I wish I could tell you about all of the progress on the construction of the children’s home, but things have slowed down on the work here for a number of reasons.
A little over three weeks ago I made the six-hour trip down to our capital city of Lomé to buy supplies and I took $8,000 in cash with me. After spending $3,500 on electrical supplies, fans, light switches, etc. I went over to the warehouse where they sell the roofing supplies. We needed to buy the metal for the trusses and the aluminum roofing for the orphanage, the gazebo and also for a children’s church that we are building for our first church plant. To my surprise, the total cost there was almost $10,000!
We live in a cash only society here, and because I can only withdraw $1,000/day, I had to put that purchase off until the next week when I would be back with more moolah.
God has blessed us with partnerships with so many gracious people and churches to do the work here so we had the funds to go forward we just did not have enough withdrawn that day to buy what we needed. So after going to the bank ATM each day that next week, I had enough money in hand and went back to Lomé and purchased the needed supplies. It then took another week for the warehouse to get the roofing ready and to have it transported up country.
Another delay is because of the fact that my head mason has been tied up with two other jobs that have kept him from being available to continue working on the orphanage. Also slowing down the work has been the amount of time taken to get the wood for the window frames and door frames. The good news is that the mason, who pretty much runs the show, should be back in one more week, and my carpenter tells me that the wood for the door frames and window frames should be ready next week as well.
While we were unable to work on the orphanage building over the past couple weeks, we still wanted to keep working on the property doing whatever we could to move things along. So, we turned our attention to the playground, and thankfully, we have been able to finish that part of this long process. Here is a close up shot.
And here is a pic standing on the upstairs porch of the orphanage.
Thankfully, things are now starting to pick up momentum again. With the roofing supplies in hand, the welders have started on the gazebo roof first, as they can finish that while my mason is away, and then the mason can finish the brickwork on the gazebo while the welders turn their attention to the orphanage roofing.
I’m chomping at the bit to see this whole big project finished, but I’m learning that construction projects often take longer than expected, and when you throw in the challenges unique to building in the third world, they usually take even longer.